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To Honor Cecil the Lion, a $36,000 Smart Phone

Featured image The most overblown news story of modern times shows no sign of going away. If you are still brokenhearted over the cruel fate of Cecil the lion, how can you assuage your pain? With a $36,000 smart phone dedicated to his memory: The Telegraph reports: [G]old plating company Goldgenie has provided a unique way of remembering the mighty lion – by committing Cecil’s image to a gold HTC One M9 »

Civil War on the Left, Part 20

Featured image Bezerkeley, I tell ya. You may wish to hesitate before clicking through on this link, because of contains disturbing photos of naked people protesting against the removal of eucalyptus trees in that fair city, because trees are people too. Or something. Put it this way: if these folks went to a Woodstock reunion, they’d probably use LSD suppositories. Here’s the relevant part of the news story, so as to spare »

Can A Nobel Prize Be Far Behind?

Featured image You know it’s a bad deal when within hours, there is talk of a Nobel Peace Prize in the air. Carl Bildt, Sweden’s former Prime Minister, tweeted: I think the work of the Nobel Committee of the Norwegian Parliament this year just got much easier. — Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) July 14, 2015 Bildt echoes an email that MoveOn.org sent out today: We’ve all seen presidents drag us into war. It’s »

A Bonehead Move by Republicans on the Confederate Flag [Updated]

Featured image Today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune features this headline: Rep. McCollum: “Hell no” to GOP backing of Confederate flag at national parks. No, I thought, that can’t possibly be right. But it was: Republicans on Thursday yanked an Interior Department spending bill off the floor after last-minute Confederate flag amendments threatened to blow it up — to the outrage of Rep. Betty McCollum, the highest-ranking Democrat on the committee. McCollum, who represents »

New York Times: The Ultimate in Hypocrisy

Featured image This is from yesterday’s Twitchy, but, assuming that most of our readers don’t haunt Twitter, it bears repeating here. Following the Charlie Hebdo murders, the New York Times covered the terrorist attack, but declined to print any of Charlie Hebdo’s mocking images of Muhammad. The paper self-righteously declared a policy against showing religious images that may be deemed offensive: “Out of respect to our readers we have avoided those we »

The quest for ideological purity in Supreme Court Justices

Featured image In our podcast last week, we tried to explain why Democratic-appointed Supreme Court Justices march in lockstep in the big, closely divided Supreme Court cases, while one Republican-appointed Justice (Anthony Kennedy) cannot be counted on at all to vote with his more reliably conservative brethren and a second (John Roberts) has parted company in two of most important cases decided in his tenure. I offered one possible explanation. Liberalism, I »

The Democrats Get Their Crazy On

Featured image The floodgates are open, and craziness is pouring out. The Democrats’ Confederate flag victory has them lusting for more. Hillary Clinton says South Carolina is only the beginning: “It shouldn’t fly there. It shouldn’t fly anywhere,” Mrs. Clinton said of South Carolina…. In her discussion Tuesday with community leaders at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Mo., Mrs. Clinton said the flag’s removal would be “just the »

Politics In the Era of Symbolic Liberalism

Featured image I am old enough to remember when liberals actually thought liberalism was a good idea. Long ago, liberals like Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey fought for programs that they thought would improve the lives of Americans. True, many of their ideas turned out to be bad–I would argue that most were–but at least they had ideas, and they made an impact. Those days are gone. Today, being a liberal is »

Liberal Hypocrisy in Two Tweets

Featured image Not sure who caught this, but it does convey why no one should ever take Salon.com seriously: »

The case of Rachel Dolezal: strange but not surprising

Featured image Our flourishing national conversation about race gains additional fuel. Rachel Dolezal, the “black” president of an NAACP chapter is revealed to be white. President Obama should weigh in. He is, after all, our explainer-in-chief when it comes to race. I’d also like to hear from Eric Holder. Or is he part of the “nation of cowards” when it comes to discussing race? The story of a white “passing” as a »

The Strange Case of Rachel Dolezal

Featured image What to make of Rachel Dolezal, the “trans-racial” woman in Washington state who not only posed as a black person, but made a career out of it? The facts relating to Ms. Dolezal are summed up well by Ben Shapiro: Rachel Dolezal is president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP. For years, she has passed herself off as black. Now her parents have told the press that she »

A Facebook Comment Makes the News

Featured image Yesterday NPR’s Diane Rehm interviewed Senator Bernie Sanders. During the interview, Rehm told Sanders that he is a citizen of Israel: At the 24-minute mark, Rehm says to Sanders, “Senator, you have dual citizenship with Israel,” to which Sanders replies, “Well… No, I do not have dual citizenship with Israel. I am an American. I do not know where that question came from. “I am an American citizen, and I »

CRB: Which side are you on?

Featured image Just in time for summer reading, the spring issue of the Claremont Review of Books has arrived. Subscribe here for the heavily subsidized, ridiculously low price of $19.95 and get immediate online access thrown in for free. If you enjoy books and politics, the CRB is the best magazine going. If you enjoy reading about books about politics, ditto. Courtesy of our friends among the CRB editors, I took an »

The Wages of Liberalism Is Death

Featured image The Left’s ceaseless attacks on law enforcement are having the predictable effect: elevated homicide rates in the cities where policemen have come under attack. Paul wrote here about out-of-control violence in Baltimore in the wake of the anti-police protests there, and the indictment of six officers. Baltimore’s CBS outlet updated the numbers yesterday: It’s the deadliest month Baltimore has seen in more than 15 years. More than two dozen shootings »

Happy Memorial Day To Me!

Featured image Memorial Day is a holiday set aside to honor those who have died in America’s wars. Every year, many millions of Americans celebrate the day appropriately. At the same time, Memorial Day is also commonly seen as the beginning of summer. For lots of Americans, the day has no higher meaning than to fire up the grill and put on some burgers or brats. There isn’t much wrong with that, »

Democrats Say: We Fear Marco!

Featured image The New York Times headlines: “Prospect of Hillary Clinton-Marco Rubio Matchup Unnerves Democrats.” As well it should: They use words like “historic” and “charismatic,” phrases like “great potential” and “million-dollar smile.” They notice audience members moved to tears by an American-dream-come-true success story. When they look at the cold, hard political math, they get uneasy. An incipient sense of anxiety is tugging at some Democrats — a feeling tersely captured »

Blue-State Infrastructure

Featured image Last week’s Amtrak crash and the Democrats’ shameful effort to blame it on Republicans have focused attention on the nation’s infrastructure. Which makes Joel Pollak’s piece at Breitbart’s Big Government timely. Pollak writes: The next time a lefty claims that the greedy Republicans in Washington are starving our nation’s infrastructure, look no further than the Democrats in Sacramento. California is a one-party state in which Democrats can do almost anything »